There is a price for the deferral so make sure you have all the facts before you decide if it is right for you.
Deferred Property Tax Payments
Texans who are age 65 or older or who are disabled as defined by law may
postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit at the Bexar Appraisal District office.
Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred - but not cancelled - as long as the owner continues to own and live in the home.
Taxes accumulate with 8 percent interest per year.
The law extends the tax deferral to the surviving spouse of the
person who deferred taxes on the homestead if the surviving spouse was at least 55 years old when the deceased spouse died.
A filed tax deferral affidavit keeps homeowners from losing their homesteads
because of delinquent property taxes. A pending sale to foreclose on the
homestead’s tax lien will also cease as a result of filing a tax deferral affidavit. In
addition, no taxing unit can start or continue a lawsuit to collect delinquent taxes once an affidavit is filed. There are no penalties on delinquent taxes during the deferral period; however, a tax deferral does not cancel penalties that were already due.
All deferred taxes and interest become due when the homeowner or surviving
spouse no longer own and live in the home. If the tax debt remains unpaid at that time, penalties may be imposed and taxing units may take legal action to collect the past due amount.
For further details about property tax deferral, contact us at:
Bexar Appraisal District
411 N Frio
P.O. Box 830248
San Antonio, Texas 78283-0248
Telephone: (210) 242-2432
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
Property Tax Assistance Division
P.O. Box 13528 • Austin, Texas 78711-3528
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